The EXERCISE SCIENCE program is designed to prepare students for careers in personal and corporate wellness and fitness. Students enrolled in the exercise science major learn how to demonstrate proficiency in the acquisition and utilization of clinical skills/motor skills pertaining to the care of the physically active population. Exercise science students also take more courses in the sciences to help them prepare for possible future graduate school study. Students who complete the Exercise Science program are prepared to pursue certifications as a Health/Fitness Specialist (HFS; offered by the American College of Sports Medicine [ACSM]) and Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (CSCS; offered by the National Strength and Conditioning Association [NSCA]).
Career Opportunities for Exercise Science majors:
- Exercise science majors can work in the field of cardiac or pulmonary rehabilitation where they design appropriate exercise regimens to strengthen cardiac and pulmonary health.
- Exercise science majors can pursue a career in physical therapy with appropriate graduate training.
- Corporate fitness/wellness: Exercise science graduates can work for private organizations to provide fitness and wellness advice and programs; manage fitness facilities on-site.
- Strength and conditioning coaches for athletic teams at high school or college levels (often requires graduate training).
Recent graduates from the Exercise Science program:
- Nate Hackney (Football, Class of 2007) earned his master’s degree in Exercise and Fitness at the University of North Carolina, Pembroke and currently works as a strength and conditioning coach for Virginia State University.
- Brian Binkley (Football, Class of 2008) earned his master’s degree in Exercise Science and Health Promotion at Florida Atlantic University, and has worked for both the University of Tennessee and Webber International University as a strength and conditioning coach.
- Rebekkah Cain (Student Government Association President, Class of 2013) works as recreational therapist in Oklahoma City, OK.
- Dani Abbey (Softball, Class of 2013) graduated with a Doctorate in Physical Therapy from Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, VA in May of 2015.
- Chelsea Laurens (Soccer, Class of 2014) will begin work on a Doctorate in Physical Therapy at Old Dominion University in the Fall of 2016.
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